Bil Browning

National Asian & Pacific Islander HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

Filed By Bil Browning | May 19, 2010 7:00 AM | comments

Filed in: You Gotta See This
Tags: Asian-American, Banyan Tree Project, HIV testing, HIV+, HIV/AIDS, Pacific Islanders

1 in 3 Asians & Pacific Islanders living with HIV don't know it. Over two-thirds of Asians and over half of Pacific Islanders have never been tested for HIV. Between 2001 and 2004, Asian and Pacific Islander men had the largest percentage increase in new HIV infections, more than any other racial and ethnic group. Between 2001 and 2006, the number of new HIV infections among young gay and bisexual Asian and Pacific Islander men more than doubled. For more information check out the Banyan Tree Project.

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Check out the HIV prevention for positives campaign called HIV Stops With Me

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You may also access health care and other support services, as well as information resources for individuals and advocacy groups worldwide through this website:

Asian Pacific Islander Coalition on HIV/AIDS (APICHA)
Founded in 1989, APICHA ( has over fifteen years of experience providing holistic and culturally competent HIV/AIDS services targeted to Asians and Pacific Islanders. APICHA currently offers a continuum of services using a one-stop shop service delivery model. These are:

* Health Education and Prevention Services: Peer-delivered outreach, group and individual risk reduction interventions to promote behavioral change and self-efficacy; community events; social marketing campaigns to encourage support for safe behaviors; translations and interpretations for Asian & Pacific Islanders with limited English skills and Infoline (1-866-APICHA9) – a toll free service staffed by bilingual peer counselors who speak Mandarin, Cantonese, Korean, Tagalog, Japanese, Bengali, Urdu, and Thai.

* Health Care Services: Free and affordable HIV primary care, screening and treatment for sexually transmitted diseases (STD), HIV testing and counseling, dental health referrals, and mental health assessments.

* Support Services: Case management, food and nutrition, acupuncture, support groups, legal assistance, and emergency financial assistance.
Research, Policy Analysis and Advocacy: Activities that address gaps in knowledge about Asian & Pacific Islanders health and current policy issues through APICHA’s initiative or conducted in collaboration with research institutions and/or consulting researchers and other AIDS service organizations.

* Capacity Building Assistance: Workshops and technical assistance to Asian & Pacific Islanders - serving CBOs and health departments are provided in partnership with the Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum.

Re:solve is raising money to get a promising AIDS vaccine through testing and approval so that it can be distributed to everyone who needs it. Check this video from the lovely Ongina from RuPaul’s Drag Race: